Friendswood ISD’s FFA has success at Houston Show

Friendswood High School’s FFA has done it again! The group won the Good Herdsman Award for the second consecutive year at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The award is given to an FFA or 4-H club whose members keep their stall area and cattle well kept at the show. The winning group must also work together as a team to educate the public on livestock and FFA.

More than 300 clubs at the Rodeo compete for this award.

“We are so proud to have won this prestigious award again and consecutively,” FFA sponsor Laura Vail said. “This is a major accomplishment to win out of so many clubs and I am so proud of my students.”

The FHS FFA had previously been in the top ten for the award until 2014 when they first won the Herdsman.

“These FFA students are great ambassadors for our school and our district,” FHS Principal Mark Griffon said. “I applaud them for earning such an honor.”

At the Houston Livestock Show, FHS FFA members participated in the Junior Breeding Beef Show, Market Barrow Show, Market Wether Goat Show, Junior Market Steer Show, Livestock Judging Contest and Meat Judging Contest. The group had 11 heifers participate in the Junior Breeding Beef Show.

Students who placed in the event include Blair Allen who received first place in Calf Scramble Class and third in Breed Class. Bailey Beken placed third in Calf Scramble Class with Dakota and Ty Kempken both placing fourth in Class.

Shelby Smith and Dianna Dawson both placed first in Class. Ashlyn Heiber placed third and Rachel Pate placed tenth.

Both Dustin Surber and Magan Cotham caught their calves in the Calf Scramble. Madeline Appling was top 16 with her hog. Shelby Smith won first place in her scramble class, seventh in her class, and made the auction in the Junior Market Steer Show.

The group also competed at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo as well as the San Antonio Stock Show.

Last week the FHS FFA members attended their FFA Judging Trip and participated at McLennan Community College Invitational in Waco, a clinic at Texas A&M in College Station and the Tarleton Invitational in Stephenville.

The group is busy at FHS planning their Friendswood FFA Barn Open House April 4 at 11 am. The open house is held to showcase the members and their animals at the Ag Facility (barn) on Baker road in Friendswood.

FFA members are also preparing for the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo April 10-18 at Jack Brooks Park.

The Friendswood FFA Alumni is currently hosting a Kiss A Pig contest to benefit the FFA group. The contestant with the most money in his/her can will be announced as the winner and will kiss a pig at the open house event.

The contestants include Friendswood Mayor Kevin Holland, FISD Superintendent Trish Hanks, FOX TV meteorologist and FHS alumni John Dawson, FHS Bookkeeper and FFA mom Kimberly Kempken, and FISD Athletic Director Robert Koopmann.